Conference topics will include collection of food wastes from commercial and institutional sources, anaerobic digestion, food rescue and donation, addressing residential food waste, composting, environmental benefits of food waste diversion and planning for local food waste programs.
"In the U.S., 2010 saw the generation of 34 million tons of food waste, yet only 3 percent was recovered or recycled," says M. Noel Lyons, McGill president. "Everything else was wasted, the largest fraction of the total municipal stream to be landfilled or incinerated. Food and food processing by-products are resources, not waste. We need to stop burning and burying these valuable raw materials that can be converted to compost and put to good use in food production, erosion control and stormwater management, turfgrass management, water and energy conservation, and water pollution prevention."
The event is being presented by the Carolina Recycling Association (CRA), the North Carolina Composting Council (NCCC), the North Carolina Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach (DEAO), the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Registration is now open for participants, exhibitors and sponsors at the conference website at http://www.cra-
Founded in 1991, McGill is credited with pioneering indoor, industrial-scale composting as a revenue-producing service and recycling technology for mainstream waste management. It provides recycling services to more than 200 volume generators in the public and private sectors, currently manufacturing about 400,000 cubic yards of compost products annually from facilities in North Carolina, Virginia and Ireland. Its advanced technology, based on the Rutgers aerated static pile process, has recycled over 4 million tons of biodegradable by-products and residuals for beneficial reuse as premium-grade soil amendments.
For more information about McGill and its organics recycling/composting services, please visit http://www.mcgillcompost.com. For information about its products, visit http://www.mcgillsoilbuilder.com. For all other inquiries, please contact Lynn Lucas at thecompostpeople@